Hanley Ramirez and Dan Uggla will represent the Florida Marlins at the 2008 All Star Game. Hanley became the second Marlin ever after Gary Sheffield in 1993 to be voted in by the fans as a starter. Dan Uggla was selected by his peers as a reserve. Congrats to both of these guys, and we at Marlinsnation.com wish them all the best as they bring the teal to Yankee Stadium.
For Danny Uggla, his second All Star appearance is especially significant, as it will be his only chance to play in Yankee Stadium (unless the Marlins wind up playing the Yankees in the World Series this year). Dan comes from a long line of Yankee fans, and for his father, the dream to see his son play in Yankee Stadium will finally be realized at the last possible moment.
This will be Hanley’s first appearance as an NL All Star, beating out J.J. Hardy of the Brewers and Miguel Tejada of the Astros in the fan vote. There is a possibility that Clint Hurdle will make HRam his leadoff hitter, although Alfonso Soriano, the Cubs leadoff man, has also been selected to start for the National League. Leadoff or no, Hanley’s first All-Star appearance has been a long time coming, as he has clearly blossomed into the best shortstop, and arguably the best player, in the National League.
In other news…
Top prospect Chris Volstad has been called up to the Marlins roster for today’s series finale in Colorado. He will initially be available out of the bullpen, and most expect him to start a game during either the Dodgers or Padres series. Hopefully, this is the start of a long and distinguished career for the Palm Beach Gardens native. We have been hyping this kid’s talent for a long time here at Marlinsnation.com, lets see if he delivers.